Hi. We want to share our latest project and talk a bit about the process.
We are Matt Aronoff (the photographer) and Aryn Shelander (the acrobat & contortionist).
About The Shoot
We wanted to take some unconventional pictures that could capture movement over time. Combining a repeated strobe light with long exposure seemed to be a way to do it. We found a bolt of black fabric that gave us just over 100 square feet of background. In retrospect, we could have used a lot more black fabric, but we worked with what we had and set up some black mats to fill in the gaps. The fabric got staple-gunned to the wall of Aryn's circus gym. We waited until sunset, and shut off the lights. The darkness gave us clean breaks between the strobe flashes.
Strobe Speed vs. Movement
After a bit of trial and error, we found that the speed of the strobe light worked better with different qualities of movement.
Previous photo shoot
In an earlier shoot, we captured some great shots, but wanted the photos to feel more dynamic. Here are some examples from that shoot:
We found some things that didn't work. Hopefully you can learn from our mistakes!
And now, on with the show!
As we set out for our shoot, we wanted to:
Capture the flow of movement over time.
Create an otherworldy, alien, and eerily more than human world.
Rely on light and timing, (rather than post-processing) to capture the movement.
Here are the photos:
For any use of these photos, please use the contact form on my website.